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Coffee pot: C.34 & A-1927

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory
Engraver: Vivarès, François (After)




Soft-paste porcelain coffee pot, transfer-printed in purple and painted onglaze in polychrome enamels with two scenes of classical ruins.

Soft-paste porcelain coffee-pot, transfer-printed in purple, and painted onglaze in yellow, green, brown and blue enamels, and gilt. The pear-shaped coffee-pot has a curved spout and S-scroll handle with scroll thumbpiece, standing on a low footring; the slightly domed cover is surmounted by a conical knob. The coffee pot is decorated on one side with classical ruins, the reverse with two figures crossing a bridge in a landscape dominated by a classical monument, the handle with two gilt trefoils and dots, the spout printed with rocaillerie.


History note: Unknown before Dr W.S. Hadley (d. 25 December 1927), Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr W.S. Hadley

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.2 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927-12-25) by Hadley, W. S.


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1765 CE - Circa 1770 CE


The landscape with a bridge and fountain is after an engraving by François Vivares, published in 1752, after a painting of 1701 by Pierre Antoine Patel.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( yellow, green, brown and blue) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, transfer-printed in purple, and painted onglaze in yellow, green, brown and blue enamels, and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34 & A-1927
Primary reference Number: 33058
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 January 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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